Monday, January 14, 2008

Hugo Chavez VS. George Bush; who's the better President ?

2000 - 2007
Economic growth: Ven. 9.3%
U.S. 3.3%
Poverty: Ven. 37% (down from over 50%)
U.S. 13% (up from 10%)
Unemployment: Ven. 7% (down from 14% 2000)
U.S. 5% (up from 3.9% 2000)
Wages: Ven. Up over 300%
U.S. Down 3%
Debt: Ven. $35 billion
(down from over $50 billion)
U.S. $12.2 trillion
(up over $6 trillion)
budget deficit: Ven. $200 million surplus.
(up from a $600 million deficit)
U.S. $350 billion
( down from a $ 257 billion surplus)
Health: Venezuela,
The most pronounced difference has been in the area of health care. In 1998 there were 1,628 primary care physicians for a population of 23.4 million. Today, there are 19,571 for a population of 27 million. In 1998 there were 417 emergency rooms, 74 rehab centers and 1,628 primary care centers compared to 721 emergency rooms, 445 rehab centers and 8,621 primary care centers (including the 6,500 ‘check-up points,’ usually in poor neighborhoods, and that are in the process of being expanded to more comprehensive primary care centers) today. Since 2004, 399,662 people have had eye operations that restored their vision.11 In 1999, there were 335 HIV patients receiving antiretroviral treatment from the government, compared to 18,538 in 2006.

The American life expectancy of 77.8 years at birth[159] is a year shorter than the overall figure in Western Europe, and three to four years lower than that of Norway and Switzerland.[160] Over the past two decades, the country's rank in life expectancy has dropped from 11th to 42nd place in the world.[161] The infant mortality rate of 6.37 per thousand likewise places the United States 42nd out of 221 countries, behind all of Western Europe.
The United States healthcare system far outspends any other nation's, measured in both per capita spending and percentage of GDP.[168] Unlike most developed countries, the U.S. healthcare system is not fully socialized, instead relying on a mix of public and private funding. In 2004, private insurance paid for 36% of personal health expenditure, private out-of-pocket payments covered 15%, and federal, state, and local governments paid for 44%.[169] Medical bills are the most common reason for personal bankruptcy in the United States.[170] In 2005, 46.6 million Americans, or 15.9% of the population, were uninsured, 5.4 million more than in 2001.
Nation master also provides some of the source
material for the above statistics.

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